The Wife of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, addressed the conference “Gender Equality in the Workplace”, which was held today in the Office of the President.
According to Gjorgievska, the analyzes done so far of national, regional and global situations point to a worrisome tendency – despite progress in the level of women’s education, their work experience and expertise, there is still no equal valorization of women’s work. According to Gjorgievska, the reasons for this discrepancy between the declarative and the actual in terms of income are numerous, structural and often gravitate around the gender-based discrimination that many women face in Macedonian society.
“The principle of equal assessment for equal work is one of the oldest principles of the European Union. Hence, the problem of unequal earnings is not only economic and political, but also issues of fairness. Namely, equal dignity between men and women implies a fair valorization of their invested efforts. Women who are treated equally are much more motivated to invest in personal and career development, thereby contributing to the collective progress of the entire society”, Gjorgievska said.
“Therefore, in order to close the gender gap and reduce the inequality of women in the economic sphere, we support the measures for economic empowerment of women, for female entrepreneurship, for fair and dignified evaluation of work. Thus, we contribute to the achievement of gender equality”, Gjorgievska said.
The main objective of the conference, which was held under the auspices of the Wife of the President and organized by the Change Management Center and the Gender Equality Alliance (GEA), is to raise the issue of the gender pay gap, to analyze situations, trends and to convey an important message about the importance of overcoming the gender wage gap as part of the complex process of promoting gender equality.
Nina Angelovska, President of GEA, and Neda Maleska-Sachmaroska, Executive Director of the Change Management Center, also addressed the event. At the conference, two panel discussions were held on “The situation with gender equality in the workplace in the Republic of North Macedonia” and “Building better workplaces by ensuring gender equality”.